Re: virus: Faith, Logic and Purpose

David McFadzean (
Thu, 06 Nov 1997 15:13:04 -0700

At 11:42 AM 11/6/97 -0800, Marie L. Foster wrote:

>I have been in bed with a real virus and have been lurking this week and
>see that we have not gotten much farther. I hope that you are going to
>come up with personal examples. You see, I simply do not believe in *blind
>faith*. So 51 years is not all that much, but I have never met anyone who
>did not have lots of reasons for faith or belief. NEVER.

I don't doubt it. But the question is are their reasons valid or good?
(In case you hadn't guessed I'm planning to explore that question in
the new "Influence" thread.)

>Now, you might take me to task about them not questioning their beliefs. I
>do not believe this either. I wonder how many elite memes are at work
>here? Just a question not a challenge. I admire your ability to consider
>the basis for your own ideas.

Do you mean memes that are elite, or eliteness memes?

>Do you believe that most people in the world (99%) are more like you or
>more unlike you? If you believe the latter, what experiences have you had
>that lead you to this belief?

Compared to what? 99% of the people in the world are more like me than,
say, an oyster. :)

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus